Sunset Laughing Gull

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I moved into position on this Laughing Gull because I saw it bathing in the water and knew it would probably give a good wing flap in a short while. Sure enough a few moments later it flapped its wings to dry off and I got this shot. It was somewhat of a quick grab shot as I was already walking back to my kayak to leave the area so I didn't dial my settings in perfectly and with a bit slower shutter speed of 1/500 I got some blur in the wings, which I do like so I got lucky there. Thankfully I got the exposure just right and it gave me all the detail I wanted in the sun. I always love shooting this location at sunset, it's almost always so humid in the summer that the sun turns into this lovely glowing ball on the horizon and I am able to get great shots like this.

• Location: Central New Jersey shore

• Exposure: 1/500 @ f/4

• ISO: 180 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.